Female country stars to join Wynonna Judd on tour this fall
By KRISTIN M. HALL, AP Entertainment Writer
AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
Wynonna Judd, left, and Brandi Carlile sing "The Rose," during a tribute to country music star Naomi Judd, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. Naomi Judd died April 30. She was 76.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country stars Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Brandi Carlile, Little Big Town, Martina McBride and Ashley McBryde will join Wynonna Judd on tour this fall after the sudden death of her mother and musical partner, Naomi Judd.
The mother-daughter duo’s final tour together was scheduled to start in September. But Judd died April 30 at age 76, one day before they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Wynonna Judd announced at a public memorial that she wanted to continue with the tour.
A final stop of the tour has been added in their home state of Kentucky with a show in Lexington at Rupp Arena on Oct. 29 with Hill as the special guest.
“I am humbled, once again, by the loyalty of the fans who have been with us for 38+ years, who continue to show up for me when I need them the most,” Wynonna Judd said in a statement Thursday.
McBride will open the show on select nights.
The Grammy-winning Judds scored 14 No. 1 songs in a career that spanned three decades. The red-headed duo combined the traditional Appalachian sounds of bluegrass with polished pop stylings, scoring hit after hit in the 1980s. The Judds’ hits included “Love Can Build a Bridge” in 1990,”Mama He’s Crazy” in 1984, “Why Not Me” in 1984,”Turn It Loose” in 1988, “Girls Night Out” in 1985, “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain” in 1986 and “Grandpa” in 1986.
In a statement provided to The Associated Press, the family said they lost Naomi Judd to “the disease of mental illness.”
Wynonna Judd, left, and her mother, Naomi, perform during the Country Music Association awards show in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, Oct. 9, 1989. The Judds took home the award for duo of the year. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Country music mother-daughter duo the Judds hold their Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 1, 1991. Daughter Wynona is at left, and mom Naomi smiles at right. (AP Photo)
The Judds, Wynonna, left, and her mother Naomi, right, perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta, Jan. 30, 1994. (AP Photo/Eric Draper)
Wynonna Judd, left and mother Naomi, right, pose on the set before a taping of Naomi Judd'sl television show, "Naomi New Morning" at Metropolis Studios in New York on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006. The mother and daughter rarely make appearances together. (AP Photo/Rick Maiman)
Singer Naomi Judd, left, and singer Wynonna Judd of the duo The Judds perform at the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, May 3, 2008. This is the first time The Judds have performed together in over 7 years. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Wynonna Judd, right, and her mother Naomi Judd perform at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, June 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Josh Anderson)
The Judd's, Naomi Judd, left, and Wynonna Judd perform during the opening of the CMA Music Festival Thursday, June 10, 2010 at the Riverfront stage in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
From left, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd are seen onstage at the Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country in Las Vegas on Monday, April 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Wynonna Judd, left, and Naomi Judd, of the Judds, arrive at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
The Judds, Naomi Judd, left, and Wynonna Judd perform at the Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country in Las Vegas on Monday, April 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)